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Blog, Wines22 May 2019

English Wine Week 2019

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Blog, Wines22 May 2019

English Wine Week 2019

Meet the winemaker from Lyme Bay winery

With England now boasting 500 vineyards and English Wine Week taking place throughout the UK (25th May – 2nd June), we have spoken to the consultant winemaker of Lyme Bay Winery, Liam Idzikowski, to find out his ideal food & wine pairing, the challenges he faces and his top tips for promoting English wines.

What made you decide to a pursue a career in wine?

Coming from Northern Ireland I had too many wet summers growing up, so one year I decided to change this and got a job in a winery in the Russian River Valley, California. I instantly took a shine to it and have never looked back.

What do you enjoy most about working in the wine trade?

It has definitely got to be the harvest. You never work harder and a cold beers never tastes better. It’s the most exciting time of year and there is always a great anticipation and buzz once the grapes start coming in and the fermentation begins.

What is your ultimate food & wine match?

The breakfast of champions has got to be pairing an English sparkling wine with an Ulster fry (the Irish equivalent of the traditional English Breakfast) or pairing it with Belgian waffles, bacon and maple syrup! Delicious.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the wine industry?

I have to say the amount of VAT and duty that is added on to English wines – in many wine producing countries there are concessions to help promote wines of that country. A reduction of duty or VAT would go a long way.

What do you think the next wine trend will be?

There are some very interesting and well-priced wines coming from Eastern Europe, such as Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia. I’d like to think they can take some of the Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio shelf space. Watch this space.

What would be your top tip for promoting english wines within a pub, bar or restaurant?

People that have not tried any English wines seem to be very intrigued yet nervous about it. A recommendation by a waiter or a suggested food pairing can go a long way as well as offerings by the glass would be very reassuring. Once they have tried a good English wine, the second bottle or glass won’t be a hard sell. People that like local food will want to like local wine and the rule still stands…what grows together goes together!

Want to know which English wines we stock? Check out our South West map below!

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The Cridford Inn, Trusham, Near Exeter, TQ13 0NR27 May 2019

Wine and Cheese Tasting

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The Cridford Inn, Trusham, Near Exeter, TQ13 0NR27 May 2019

Wine and Cheese Tasting

Make it not such a terrible Tuesday and come and join Pip Vanham from St Austell Wines on Tuesday 28th May at 7pm where we will be showcasing some of the regions’ best wines and cheeses.

It is £25 per person and this will get you 6 different glasses of wine and a variety of delicious cheeses, there’s no better combo!

Booking is essential so to reserve your place, please call 01626 853694 or email info@thecridfordinn.co.uk.

 

 

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF 22 March 2019

Burgundy Wine Dinner

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF 22 March 2019

Burgundy Wine Dinner

Join Burgundian wine expert Nina Sears at the Castle Hotel in Taunton for a decadent evening of fine food and wine.

Showcasing wines from world renowned producer Louis Latour, tickets are £109 per person, please book direct with the Castle Hotel.

 

Menu

 

Canapes

Smoked Salmon with Lemon

Chicken Liver Parfait with Cumberland and Smoked Bacon

Cheddar Gougeres

Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc

 

Selection of Breads

 

Tempura of Broccoli and Courgette with Gribiche Sauce

Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Simonnet-Febvre

 

Brixham Crab and Lobster Salad with Carrot and Frisee    

Meursault 1er Cru Chateau de Blagny Louis Latour

 

Tasting of Old Spot Somerset Pork with Savoy, Celeriac and Beetroot

Nuits St Georges Louis Latour

 

Burgundian Epoisse Cheese with Sourdough

Chassagne Montrachet Louis Latour

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Blog, Wines31 October 2018

Vegan Wines Explained

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Blog, Wines31 October 2018

Vegan Wines Explained

It wasn’t so long ago that veganism was sceptically seen as a small contingent of defiant earth warriors out to save the planet by avoiding animal-made products and foods. But what started as a fringe movement has today become mainstream and everyone is taking note.

World Vegan Day started in 1994, and now 24 years later, it is no longer an annual nod to a tireless campaign but a normal, daily, subconscious movement to help the welfare and health of animals, and well, humans too.

According to a survey carried out by the Vegan Society last year;

  • More than half of UK adults (56%) are now adopting vegan buying behaviours and Britain is more vegan-friendly than ever before.
  • Half of those surveyed said they know someone who is vegan and over a fifth said they would consider becoming vegan themselves.
  • One in five cut down on the amount of meat they buy and the same number check if their toiletries are tested on animals.
  • Nearly one in eight now choose meat or dairy free options from the menu when eating out.

Restaurateurs, ignore it at your peril…

Is Veganuary the New Dryanuary?

Looking back to the start of this year it feels like Veganuary was even bigger than Dryanuary. Something of a relief for those of us in the drinks trade, but also a serious indication of the power of the vegan movement.

So what does this mean for wine? And how should it influence your wine offering as a pub, bar or restaurant?

Firstly we need to really understand what vegan wine is.

To know whether a wine is vegetarian or vegan, you need to know how a wine is clarified (or fined) to remove the solid particles that would otherwise make it cloudy. The substances used for this process can be derived from many sources, some of which come from fish and animals, some from dairy products and some from clay or synthetic substances. Certain producers do not fine their wines at all while some choose just to filter.

Though the traditional fining agent of bull’s blood was banned by the EU after the BSE crisis, a number of animal-derived products are still permitted for the production of wine sold in Europe. Among the most prevalent are isinglass (fish swim bladders), gelatine, casein (milk protein), and albumen (egg whites). If a wine is fined with bentonite (a clay) or activated charcoal, the wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. If a wine is fined with casein or albumen it is suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans.

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Tarr Farm, Liscombe TA22 9PY12 October 2018

South African Winemaker Dinner

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Tarr Farm, Liscombe TA22 9PY12 October 2018

South African Winemaker Dinner

Acclaimed winemaker Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Winery, South Africa, hosts a tasting and paired dinner menu at the fabulous Tarr Farm in Somerset. This brilliant range of wines are the result of the Borg family’s immense passion for wine, art and animals and works tirelessly for the conservation of South Africa’s most endangered carnivore, the African wild dog.

For tickets, please contact Tarr Farm direct on 01643 851 507 or visit their website.

Menu

Canapés

Smoked Eel, Horseradish & Beetroot

Smoked Duck & Sage Pesto Quail Scotch Eggs

Cheery Tomato & Mozzarella Brushette

The Den Sauvignon Blanc

 

Coriander & Brandy Cured Salmon

Pickled Cucumber, Citrus Crème Fraiche, Treacle Bread

The Den Pinotage Rose

 

Pan Seared Pigeon Breasts

Baby Onion, Cured Bacon & Pea Jus, Crispy Potato

The Den Pinotage

 

Roasted Ribeye

Béarnaise Sauce, Pomme Puree, Roasted Beetroot

Guillermo Pinotage

 

Dark Chocolate Fondant

Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Vanilla Sauce

Madach

 

Selection of West Country Cheeses

Served with Accompaniments

Pictus 4 Shiraz Grenache, Mourvedre

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF 16 May 2019

Painted Wolf Winemaker Dinner

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF 16 May 2019

Painted Wolf Winemaker Dinner

We welcome South African winemaker Jeremy Borg to the South West. Hosted by The Castle Hotel in Taunton, Jeremy will introduce the highly acclaimed wines from Painted Wolf winery, pairing them with a delicious tasting menu designed especially to compliment these stunning wines.

Organically farmed and made with a philanthropic focus, a proportion of sales from each bottle is donated to the Tusk Trust – a charity dedicated to the conservation of African wild dogs – South Africa’s most endangered carnivore.

17th May 2019, 7pm.

For more information and tickets, please contact The Castle Hotel on 01823 272671.

Menu

Canapes

Chargrilled Celeriac and Somerset Truffle

Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill Crème Fraiche

Charred Pork Belly with Carrot

The Den Sauvignon Blanc

 

Starter

Cured Organic Stream Farm Trout with Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Horseradish, and Exmoor Caviar

The Den Pinotage Rose

 

Main Course

Exmoor Venison 3 Ways – Char Grilled Loin, Slow Cooked Shoulder and Braised Faggot with Beetroot and Roast Sweet Potato

Guillermo Pinotage and The Den Pinotage

 

Dessert

White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry

Madach Cape ‘Hunting Red’ 

 

Cheese

Burt’s Blue Cheese 3 ways Blue Cheese Mousse with Celery and Grape, Blue Cheese Beignet and Burt’s Blue on Toasted Sourdough with Pictus 4 Chutney

Pictus 4 Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre

 

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